Full communism should never return & for many reasons. However, the ethos which prevailed within the Warsaw Pact countries at its best contained elements almost totally lacking in today’s western capitalist nations.
What MIGHT work for us in future?
At its height & earliest stages the communist ethos was one of hope, idealism & of solidarity. Hope for a better future & world peace, Idealism that imbued people w/ a selfless desire to see ALL succeed not just the few. These then engendered solidarity.
Western capitalism prizes individualism above all else. Margaret Thatcher said “There's no such thing as society”, only individuals working for themselves & their families. Socialism as a philosophy sets the bar far higher w/ far nobler aspirations.
We don't argue socialism is the perfect system. There is no 'perfect system’. Those who say capitalism is perfect would find few to agree w/ them. We are interested in which of these is the most equitable, ideal & sustainable for our long term future.
What are the challenges humanity faces going forward?
Most experts & entrepreneurs at the highest level say there will be less employment in future, especially for unskilled workers. This due to the linked factors of A.I., Robotics & Automation.
Future lack of employment. This is challenge number one. Which system can best solve this? What innovations in social policy can assist best in ameliorating this increasing threat to the social fabric of our societies worldwide?
The second challenge is our common planetary environment.
We live relatively short lives compared to most other timescales we can measure ourselves against. If we could look via fast forward through the last four or so lifetimes, what would we see?
Let's observe our planet thru the last four generations.The thing that would impress us most would surely be how so much green turns grey. W/ capitalism & its urgent need for ever more economic growth this will clearly continue into the distant future.
Socialism doesn't necessarily bring w/ it care for the environment. Warsaw Pact countries saw some of the worst abuses anywhere of the environment w/ inefficient factories soiling ground & air around them & negatively affecting the health of populations.
Hopefully we ALL agree our planet should be at least much cleaner & greener than old-style socialism & modern western capitalism would leave it if continued as-is. Global Warming/Human-made Climate Change.
This is the second challenge for the future.
The third challenge is conflict & war. Conflict of ideas & philosophies, of systems & the conflicts greater scarcity of resources will bring. It is increasingly likely what can be called resource psychosis will arise unless effective solutions are found.
The fourth challenge is our expanding populations. This will present a problem leading to a cascade of others that affect & worsen the problems already mentioned. Large families can be a choice, but arguably usually a necessity, or at least seen as such.
The fifth challenge is how to bring humanity together to solve challenges 1 to 4.
Currently we are encouraged to look to our own survival & of our family, at best also to friends & colleagues. Global solidarity tends to be mostly a minority interest.
These are the 5 main challenges in our opinion. Not only facing us alone. They will face the next generation & the many generations to come if we do not begin to work together to find solutions. But with ever more limited time & busy lives, how to do it?
Capitalism gives a low priority to such challenges. It relies on scientists & entrepreneurs to devise products & systems to ameliorate & solve them & world leaders to unite & deal with such overarching concerns. They are otherwise occupied with business.
In socialist systems people are asked to consider engagement w/ concepts like world peace & working in unity. They are encouraged to think of ways to use existing resources more effectively & efficiently as there can be no reliance on economic growth.
Let us take each challenge for humanity separately & try to compare socialism & capitalism to see which might best deal most effectively with them. This is something most politicians are restricted in doing through dogmatic prejudice.
Challenge #1 - Automation
We are on the brink of a revolution due to A.I. Artificial Intelligence. A new report predicts that by 2030, as many as 800 million jobs could be lost worldwide to automation.
Socialism via a Universal Basic Income, i.e. a monthly income provided to everyone (including those in work) would provide a stable foundation for all families in a world where employment is much scarcer than now.
Imagine the level of competition for jobs if 800M are lost by 2013. If purely capitalist systems remain unchanged, imagine the dog versus dog struggle to survive this would inevitably bring. Is that a world you want your children to inherit?
Capitalism encourages individualism & arguable selfishness & greed. It lauds the individualist who can join the elite of other individualists who then often see it s their job to defend their position & influence governments to maintain the status quo.
In socialist societies, ones not ruled by mindless dogma & blinded by all else there's encouragement to question elitism & to make their societies flatter in terms of privilege, not pyramidical in nature with no divisive ‘us & them’ milieu in place.
Challenge #2 - the Environment
Neither socialism nor capitalism are exemplary on this. Socialist societies have tended to be inefficient & guilty of creating pollution. Capitalist societies have been, though with notable exceptions such as Bhopal.
It is in all our interests to have clean methods not taking us further down the road to Global Warming/Climate Change.
China, which has a system ‘Market Socialism’ has one of the worst records on pollution, but is now working hard to correct this.
Donald Trump, leading the charge now toward red-in-tooth-&-claw capitalism has withdrawn from the ‘Paris Accord’, the most current effort to unite the world & change the way we act in exploiting planetary resources, in an effort to solve challenge #2.
Challenge #3 - Conflict & War
We live in a very divided world. Conflicting viewpoints, disagreements & demands we are right & “they” are wrong. With future dwindling resources, lack of jobs & increasing populations this can surely only get worse.
The socialist systems of the Warsaw Pact put a premium on peace. If you travel to these ex-communist countries today you will see many murals & statues featuring doves, the symbol of peace. This came from the tragedy & terrible mass deaths of WWII.
Donald Trump is the most divisive figure in world politics. His manner & politics are abrasive dividing one group of individuals or nations from another. This w/ his ‘America First’ agenda is leading to a division between the U.S.A. & all other nations.
War has been a constant. How to resolve the conflicts leading to war? The @UN was meant to be the agency for conflict resolution. Trump's administration is currently bypassing the UN in regard to Venezuela. This does not bode well for the future.
Nations must re-dedicate themselves to the principle of sovereign nations & abandon preemptive attacks on those that have done them no harm. Only when local populations resolve their internal problems alone will there be a chance for lasting int. peace.
Challenge #4 - Expanding World Population
Large families can be a choice. But can be seen as a necessity in countries w/ scarce resources requiring high levels of labor. A lack of contraception & prejudices against using conception add to the problem.
In socialist countries access to abortion was not hindered. In capitalist countries an argument is ongoing about abortion between those ‘Pro-Life’ & ‘Pro-Choice’. Especially in the future of less work & expanding populations the socialist side is right.
This challenge is most important. If we can get this right the others become so much easier to solve. Currently the world is more divided than ever before. Capitalism has no answer for this & most of the time ignores it completely.
The socialist ethos on global unity seeks to engender the desire for commonality, for this unity, for solidarity among all peoples no matter how diverse ethnically, culturally or in terms of religion or other differences they may be.
In our opinion neither full socialism nor full capitalism is the answer to these 5 challenges. We believe the future we all aspire to where there is a resolution to them will be best arrived at through a hybrid system containing the best of both systems.
There is currently no system that mirrors the envisaged hybrid system including a Universal Basic Income & highly regulated ethical capitalism. The closest is arguably the ‘Market Socialism’ of China. It could also be called ‘Socialized Capitalism’.
The future will be tough. Just how tough, how inequitable, how unsustainable, how brutal... depends on the overarching systems we have in place. We suggest ending the use of -isms entirely & relying on common sense & human-heartedness instead.
1. Begin the journey to the idealist aspiration to provide all our fellow world travelers with a Universal basic Income.
2.Create a Be-all-You-Can-Be ethos in each nation where life skills are emphasized over any individualistic greed-based aspirations.
3. Emphasize Being rather than Doing.
4. Encourage sharing of tools. Of ideas also. Of art, dance, theater. Across & between all nations. Encourage saving, mending & repairing, not waste.
5. Demand industry clean up its act & crack down hard on any which do not. We no longer have time left to allow all the reasons why not they come up with via their public relations officers.
6. Put in place recycling systems & infrastructure which are mandatory requirements for all citizens to adhere to.
7. Restore respect for planning & law & order. Ultra-liberal do-as-you-please is too wasteful & encouraging of laziness & bad behavior. We can no longer afford the division this brings.
8. End regime change wars & the destabilization of sovereign nations by the most powerful. End the idea that any one nation is better or more exceptional than others.
9. Fully adhere to all United Nations protocols, to all the recommendations of the Nuremberg adjudications & to international law AT ALL TIMES.
10. At all times penalize nations who are proven to have interfered in the internal affairs of sovereign nations no matter how powerful they may be.
11. Enable women to have full control over their bodies & when & when not to have offspring. Abortion ought to be a legal right within certain timescales.
12. Ensure no family anywhere around the planet is lacking in basic sexual education or the means of contraception.
13. Coming full circle to 1. We STRONGLY advise working hard to ensure every last one of our brothers & sisters worldwide has a basic income & has no necessity either to produce more than two children & also has no driving need to migrate due to poverty.
This concludes our survey of socialism & capitalism. Ultimately we recommend neither in absence of the other but a hybrid system, w/ no name necessary containing the best of both & so providing the best hope for us, & for the many, many children to come.